A Law School Raises Every Grade

April 2, 2010

Loyola Law School in Los Angles has raised the grade of every student -- retroactively -- by one level (with every B turning into a B+ and so forth). A memo from the dean ran this week in the blog Above the Law. In the memo, the dean argued that potential employers look at grades and that other law schools are already easier about grades than is Loyola. While the change may go over well with students, the blog and its readers are rather skeptical. The blog asked: "Well, why stop there? Let’s give even more accolades to Loyola law students for exactly the same work they did before. How about everybody who shows up for every class session gets bumped up a full letter grade? Let’s give everybody who gets a C an opportunity to turn that into a B if they pitch in with janitorial duty on the weekends. Why not give high performers a “double” A+; an A+ with a bright, shiny, happy star — just so that employers all know that these kids are the super-most-awesome kids in the bunch!"

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